“Wooden items for a price, storytelling is free” – sign over The Wood Shed door in The Olde Fishing Village

Pap Wayne's Bench From ‘Finding Hope in the Olde Fishing Village’

Pap Wayne’s old wooden bench is empty; feel free to sit a spell, he’ll return shortly. Then again, if he’s down at the Dock to Galley Diner drinking coffee with Cal and Ben, you might have to wait awhile. When Pap Wayne does return, If you’re patient, he may entertain you with a story. Celia may have heard a few when she stopped by…

“Celia crossed the oyster shell intersection and turned towards a weathered little structure. Stopping in front of the building, a chuckle escaped her mouth. The old guy sitting on a rustic wooden bench in front of the building looked up; his large hands continued their work with a carving knife and a chunk of wood as his crystal blue eyes evaluated her intentions.

‘The Wood Shed,’ Celia read the building’s sign. She couldn’t help but ask the obvious question, ‘So, were you taken to the wood shed for a lickin’ when you were a boy?’

Pap Wayne slowly responded with a grin. ‘I wasn’t taken to the wood shed but I did get some switchin’s. My brother and I could be very ornery when we were kids.’

‘Your sign says, Wooden items for a price, storytelling is free. What kind of stories do you tell?’ Celia joined the old fellow on the bench.

‘Oh, most of my stories are from the old days. I kin tell ya all about American history, wars, planes, boats, trains and especially about the history of steam engines. I kin tell ya stories about forests, trees and all about wood or I kin explain coal and steel. Then again, I kin talk about photography. Some of my favorite stories are about my twin and me when we were small, towheaded boys’…

Watching the old guy’s hands work with the carving knife against the wood, Celia asked ‘How do you know what you want to carve out of a piece of wood?’

(You’ll have to read the book when it’s published to find out what stories Pap told. Wonder if he spun any tall tales?)

“… the aged hand pointed the carving knife down the street leading South. ‘Have a good day and don’t take any wooden nickels.’

With a grin, Celia responded, ‘My grandfather used to say that.’ Turning to leave, she gave a little wave.

Pay Wayne raised his fingers in a half wave and salute. With his legs stretched out, his ankles crossed and cap pulled a little low over his face, he returned to his wooden project as if it were the most important thing he had to do.”

copyright 2013 Finding Hope in the Olde Fishing Village, Blue Heron Cove


We have this Hope as an anchor for the soul

Anchor decoration

both steadfast and sure and which enters the Presence behind the veil.                                   Hebrews 6:19                                                                                                                                                                                          Teal ornament

My heart is glad and I rejoice, I rest in hope. Psalm 16:9


Harbor Christmas & Island Scenes

Coastal Living Christmas

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Maryland island dock

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Harbor boats Coastal Living

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Christmas Season is My Favorite


For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:11-14 NKJV

Discovered this YouTube song/video on My Country Epoque’s blogsite. Just had to share it.  Https://mycountryepoque.com is a lovely site. You can visit My Country Epoque’s hometown all decorated for Christmas. Take time to look at her own beautiful artistic creations as well!


Sunrise Kitty Hawk Lori Aug 6 2017

Photo copyright Lori Heavner 2017. Used with permission.

I am grateful for all of my many blessings, especially my family.

I challenge you, every day to think of new things that you can express gratitude for.

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

I will give thanks to the Lord with all of my heart and tell of his wonderful deeds.     Psalm 9:1

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, praise His name. Make known among the nations what He has done. The Lord is Good. Psalm 105:1

Blessings to you from Blue Heron Cove and The Olde Fishing Village!


Look Upward, Look Outward

Lori rough ocean Aug 2017 1

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Lord, thank You for all of my blessings. Thank You for reminding me to first look up, to keep my focus on You. Then to look outwards towards others. To thank and Praise You, then to lift others up to You.

I lift up all of those in need and in harm’s way. Lord, give them Your peace, comfort and strength. Help them to feel your presence and Your love. Provide for all of their needs. Keep them safe. Provide them with Your hope.

You will keep me in perfect peace when my mind is focused on You and when my trust is in You. No matter what goes on around me, even when the oceans roar, I can trust You because You are my eternal Rock.

Lori seagull over ocean pretty scene Aug 2017

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Based on scripture Isaiah 26: 3 & 4